Community Wellbeing Service

From Angela King (former Village Agent)

In case you wondered what had happened to the Village Agents, I thought I’d bring you up to date.
As you probably know, for the last 11 years the Village and Community Agents scheme, managed by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, has been working across the county helping thousands of older people and communities gain better access to services, information and assistance. I’d been a Village Agent for 8 years and I know just how busy we all were!

However, since 1st October the Village and Community Agents have combined with the GP Social Prescribing scheme to become a new service called Community Wellbeing Agents and many of us have transferred to the new scheme – me being one of them!

There are a number of Community Wellbeing providers in Gloucestershire and in this area, we come under The Independence Trust, who have been commissioned to offer the service in Stroud & Berkeley.
So, what can we offer?

The Service is free and confidential for anyone over the age of 16 and our aim is to connect you to local services, organisations and groups that can help you improve your general wellbeing and meet your wider social needs. Community Wellbeing Agents will help with:

• Mental health and wellbeing
• Long term health conditions
• General health and fitness
• Social isolation Housing and environment
• Debt and finance

How do I refer?

Referrals can be made directly using the number below, or mine above and can also be made by GPs, health care professionals, voluntary and community groups as well as self referral.
The service is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and the phone number is 0345 863 8323
Website is http://www.independencetrust.co.uk